United Nations International Child’s Fund (UNICEF) head Henrietta H Fore revealed that most South Asian students will not be able to get a decent job by 2030.
She said many youths from the South Asian countries do not have the necessary skills required to get a job in the 21st century.
“Every day nearly 100,000 young South Asians enter the labour market, almost half of them are not on track to finding 21st-century jobs,” she said.
She felt that the huge problem can be solved within 2030 by providing the necessary skills to the youths so that they can fight poverty and help in the economic growth of their nations.
“South Asia is at a critical juncture, with a limited window during which it can reap significant demographic dividends from its talented and capable youth,” she added.
Fore also felt that if the South Asian countries do not make efforts to impart necessary skills to its youths then there might be an increase of depression among them.
She said, “Get it right, and millions could be lifted out of poverty. Fail to do so, and economic growth will falter, youth despair will rise, and further talent will be lost to other regions.”
As per UNICEF report: Special edition of GBC-Education’s 2030 Skills Scorecard, only 19 per cent of Indian students right now are on track to reach the learning benchmark, as prescribed by UNICEF.
By 2030, only 47 per cent of the students will be able to reach that benchmark.
UNICEF also mentioned 26 per cent of Bangladeshi students, 47 per cent of Bhutanese students and 18 per cent of Nepalese students are on track to reach the learning benchmark.
By 2030, 55 per cent of Bangladeshi students, 81 per cent of Bhutanese students and 40 per cent of Bhutanese students will be able to reach the desired learning benchmark as per UNICEF.